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5:10 PM ET, October 19, 2007

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The Corner:
I'm Told  —  Senator Reid just went to the Senate floor and asked people to bid on the Rush letter.  —  40-some minutes to go....  UPDATE: Here's a raw transcript from the Senate:
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Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Harry Reid And The Letter Of Doom  —  Harry Reid tried his best to put the best possible spin on the Rush Limbaugh letter that just sold to a Republican philanthropist for $2.1 million dollars.  Rush will put up a matching $2.1 million donation to a charity that assists the children of Marines …
Discussion: Liberty Pundit and Neocon News
Little Green Footballs:
Harry Reid Hearts Rush Limbaugh  —  As the bidding draws to a close on his ugly smear letter, Harry Reid is now taking credit for raising money for children of fallen soldiers. … Hypocrisy so extreme it warps time and space.  —  UPDATE at 10/19/07 10:15:05 am:  —  The winner of the auction was philanthropist Betty Casey.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid praises Rush
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Dodd Goes to the Mat: Says He Will Filibuster FISA  —  He said he "might have to."  And he will.  —  From the Dodd campaign: … Finally someone willing to filibuster and cut through the ocean of glue the Senate seems to be swimming in.  —  This is awesome.  Go Dodd.  —  Update: Just added — YouTube above.
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Can Chris Dodd Block a FISA Extension?  —  On Wednesday afternoon, the House was forced to indefinitely defer its consideration of the Democrats' bill to extend FISA.  By Wednesday evening, leading Senate Republicans and Democrats had agreed to a compromise bill.
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
Martinez resigns as general chair of RNC  —  Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) will resign as general chairman of the Republican Party today, saying he wants to spend more time on his work as Florida's GOP senator, Politico has learned.  —  Martinez, who took the job nine months ago as the public face …
Discussion: The Swamp and CNN Political Ticker
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Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Martinez quits as RNC general chairman  —  WASHINGTON - Mel Martinez, the public face of the Republican National Committee as its general chairman, announced Friday he was stepping down from his post after serving only 10 months.  —  "I believe that our future as a party and nation is bright …
CNN Political Ticker:
Top GOP boss to quit
Los Angeles Times:
An unlikely treasure-trove of donors for Clinton  —  The candidate's unparalleled fundraising success relies largely on the least-affluent residents of New York's Chinatown — some of whom can't be tracked down.  —  NEW YORK — Something remarkable happened at 44 Henry St., a grimy Chinatown tenement with peeling walls.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Randi Rhodes Speaks About Non-Mugging, Raises New Questions  —  A DEEPER HOLE … Now that Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes has returned to the airwaves, at least one mystery has been solved: we know why her lawyer was in charge of making press statements.
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Fox News:
FOX To Air Controversial Documentary on Islam  —  A controversial film that PBS axed from its documentary series about the post-Sept. 11 world will be broadcast for the first time nationwide this week by the FOX News Channel.  —  The documentary, originally titled "Islam vs. Islamists," …
Michael Kinsley / Time:
Libertarians Rising  —  To oversimplify: Democrats are for Big Government; Republicans are against it.  —  To oversimplify somewhat less, Democrats aren't always for Big Government, and Republicans aren't always against it.  Democrats treasure civil liberties, whereas Republicans …
Opinion Journal:
What Happened at Haditha  —  The massacre that wasn't, and its political exploitation.  —  The incident at Haditha—or the massacre, as it is often called—is due for a wholesale rethinking.  The allegations are that in 2005 U.S. Marines went on a killing spree and deliberately executed 24 Iraqi civilians.
Michael Lacey / Phoenix New Times:
Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution  —  Joe Arpaio, Andy Thomas and Dennis Wilenchik hit New Times with grand jury subpoenas  —  This newspaper and its editorial staff — both current and former — are the targets of unprecedented grand jury subpoenas dated August 24.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Pelosi's Armenian Gambit  —  There are three relevant questions concerning the Armenian genocide.  —  (a) Did it happen?  —  (b) Should the U.S. House of Representatives be expressing itself on this now?  —  (c) Was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's determination to bring this to a vote …
Glenn Beck / CNN:
Bush Warns About Iran Threat; Airport Screeners Fail Tests at Alarming Rate; Rush Limbaugh Auctioning Off Reid Complaint Letter  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  GLENN BECK, HOST (voice-over): Tonight, President Bush warns the world about a nuclear Iran.
Discussion: My Two Sense and Firedoglake
 
 
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